Georgia QB Aaron Murray gushes about WR Malcolm Mitchell

Turns out this might have been a pretty significant day when Valdosta athlete Malcolm Mitchell chose Georgia over Alabama. (AJC photo by C. Towers)

Turns out this might have been a pretty significant day when Valdosta athlete Malcolm Mitchell chose Georgia over Alabama. (AJC photo by C. Towers)

Georgia coach Mark Richt hinted that he’d been hearing some good things about at least one of the young wide receivers from some of the veteran players but was hesitant to go into much detail. The coaches, after all, aren’t able to spend any time coaching or watching summer workouts and, in fact, aren’t even allowed to get reports from the strength and conditioning coaches.

But it didn’t take very long for quarterback Aaron Murray to reveal which player was creating all the buzz. That player is Valdosta High graduate Malcolm Mitchell, who actually was recruited to Georgia as a cornerback.

I’ll just let Murray do the talking:

“I haven’t seen speed and quickness like that for a while,” he said. “The other day he ran a post pattern and split our starting safety and one of our starting corners. Shawn Williams came up to me afterward and he’s like, ‘Aaron, I’ve never seen somebody with that kind of speed before.’ You ask any of the DBs, Boykin or any of those guys, Malcolm has unbelievable speed, unbelievable quickness.

“The thing I like about him most is he works harder than anyone. I would say he knows already 70 to 80 percent of the playbook. He’s been studying every day. Every day after pass drills he’ll get with me and we’ll work on routes a half-hour or 45 minutes. That’s every day. Three times a week he’ll call me and say, ‘let’s go work on routes; let’s go do this and that.’”

Murray was asked if he thought Mitchell could be a factor on offense early in the season.

“He’s ready to go. He knows the playbook, he knows the routes. I’m sure Coach [Tony] Ball will tweak a few things here and there by the time we go to camp. But, for the most part, we’re pretty excited about his knowledge of the game and what he’s going to be able to do.”

If Murray’s assessment is true, that’s very good news for the Bulldogs. Georgia lost its top two receivers to NFL draft in No. 4 pick A.J. Green and third-rounder Kris Durham. Together they accounted for 1,507 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.

The Bulldogs have a solid top two to start the season in Tavarres King and Marlon Brown. But they’ve been looking for another “defense stretcher” that can be a legitimate vertical threat.

Sounds like they may have identified one.

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Daniel's Dawgs

July 21st, 2011
3:40 pm

Great we need a WR to step up. GO DAWGS!!

Dawgfan2012

July 21st, 2011
3:41 pm

Frist? and glad to hear Mitchell is impressing

ViningsMike

July 21st, 2011
3:42 pm

All the way to a National Championship! Go DAWGS!

Football Insider

July 21st, 2011
3:42 pm

Does that include speed with pads?

It’s a lot harder to run with pads and helmet on.

Let’s hold off on all optimism until the kid gets out to the field with pads and real competition.

It’s easy to run on the field without pads and guys actually going hard, it’s not even camp yet.

Nomobama

July 21st, 2011
3:42 pm

marlon brown has been a big bust so far…he was supposed to be a stud coming out of memphis, but instead he has only been a dud.

richt sucks

July 21st, 2011
3:43 pm

“they” aint identified jack crap, b/c the they that matters is our clown car of a coaching staff.

Logan Walker

July 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

Maybe he’ll get some looks at punt return. Boykin is the undisputed KR king, but if the kid is really that fast, then find a way to use him.

UGA Alumnus

July 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

Gatorhata

July 21st, 2011
3:45 pm

Football Insider,

I’m sure he knows how to run in pads. I’d listen to the guys on the field and their opinion over your pessimism.

Football Insider

July 21st, 2011
3:47 pm

Gatorhata,

These types of things are said by all teams during summer about a lot of players and it never translates to the field.

And FWIW, Aaron Murray and those other guys haven’t actually seen him run in pads yet, so they are as ignorant as you and I.

anotherdawg

July 21st, 2011
3:47 pm

Speed, hard work, and ( I hope) good hands will subtract a little bit of the pain from losing AJ and Chris.

Dawglasville

July 21st, 2011
3:47 pm

There is nothing wrong with a little bit of hope. Go Dawgs.

JYD

July 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

Joe

July 21st, 2011
3:50 pm

Not too impressed considering UGA’s secondary sucks.

bgdawg

July 21st, 2011
3:53 pm

haha “insider” i don’t think i can take you seriously at all with a name like that… not to mention the failed information about theus being a gator… you really know nothing.

dogdownsouth

July 21st, 2011
3:53 pm

For football insider @ 3:47 Those defensive backs covering him in drills aren’t wearing pads either so they would have a better idea of his speed than you would . Also they have faced some of the fastest wide receivers in the SEC on a week by week basis they know how’s fast> Also having watched Malcom play in his hometown games he’s legitimate speed burner who can play.

UGA '05

July 21st, 2011
3:53 pm

Football insider,
Watch his highlight video and watch him run in pads

Joey

July 21st, 2011
3:57 pm

Speed kills.

Pup Fan

July 21st, 2011
3:57 pm

Football Insider,
I’m sure he is MUCH SLOWER in pads. I’m also certain that with the experience some of our defensive backs have at watching wr’s run by them that they would know an exceptionally fast one when they see it. GO DAWGS!

richmondDawg

July 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

Remember how hard Bama fought to get this kid? It wasn’t and accident…

Joey

July 21st, 2011
4:04 pm

“so they are as ignorant as you and I.”
**********************************
Football Insider, I don’t know about Gatorhata, but I think you are right on the money about yourself.

You really do sound ignorant . . .

The Dawgfather

July 21st, 2011
4:06 pm

I’m sure he has good speed. But even if some are skeptical, the thing I like most is what we’re hearing about his work ethic. THAT is what makes me like this kid already. GO DAWGS!

DanDawg

July 21st, 2011
4:06 pm

If his performance in the Under Armour All Star game is any indication, he should play and probably early. Granted, it’s high school, but watching his highlights reveals astounding breakway speed and tough catches in a crowd. Could be a gem.

7576DAWG

July 21st, 2011
4:11 pm

If we have enough speed and play makers on the field at WR,or TE maybe BOBO needs to create some plays that will get all of them in the game at the same time. That might look a little like Oklahoma State or Texas Tech a little but it sure would be a little different and give the other teams something to think about.

Spike 80DF

July 21st, 2011
4:14 pm

NO, are u telling me there is good news? i thought all blogs were reserved for bashing CMR.

@Joe, you’re an idiot if you think Boykin sucks at corner….

BigTimeTechFan

July 21st, 2011
4:15 pm

Malcolm Mitchell is going to be awesome, he could be as good as Champ Bailey at CB, If he’s a better WR then CB I hope he sits out the Tech game. best player in UGA 2011 class followed by:
1. Mitchell
2. Corey Moore
3. Nick Marshall
4. Jay Rome

rduck...

July 21st, 2011
4:15 pm

i agree with the Dawgfather.. alot of kids can run, but the fact that he is working hard and learning the playbook and routes says alot about the kid.

Football Insider

July 21st, 2011
4:18 pm

bgdawg,

I also broke the news about Caleb King leaving long before anyone on here did.

So, we’ll call it square.

BIG Joe

July 21st, 2011
4:19 pm

I had a feeling that this would be a good catch –turns out it may have been a great catch. It almost always seems that some of these guys fly under the radar as opposed to other guys that never live up to the hype… and so goes the world of recruiting.

Joey

July 21st, 2011
4:21 pm

Nomobama, Brown had a couple of guys ahead of him that will be playing on Sundays in a month or so.

He will be in the rotation this season, and I am expecting big things from him.

Murray seemed to like big targets last season – AJ, Charles, Durham.

Dawgfan72

July 21st, 2011
4:26 pm

I heard Aaron talk about malcom at media day, and it’s great to hear of having a new fast receiver.I mean, he was a 5 star recruit.So it’s expected. He’ll do great in camp.

S.E. Dawg

July 21st, 2011
4:26 pm

Football Insider, I would think that Murray and Boykin have been around the game long enough to know if a kid has got it or not. Wouldn’t you think so?

90% here are children playing on this site

July 21st, 2011
4:28 pm

I saw wide out Chris Conley from Paulding County play in an AA all star game. It was either the US Army game in San Antonio or the All Armour game in Florida on tv. Conley is big and he has good hands, very good speed and he will provide some major help at wide out, as will Valdosta’s Mr. Mitchell.

Conley caught one TD in the AA game on a long slant route and was covered by a highly, highly regarded AA corner AND safety and he just blew past them like they were 7th graders.

Mitchell and Conely as receivers make UGA complety better right now on paper, than even last year on the field. Remember, AJ Green DID NOTHING for UGA in his entire era and WAS NOT ON THE FIELD IN 4 GAMES in 2010 and his issue divided and badly hurt UGA’s team attitude. He, like Ealey and King was a cancer.

Go Dogs.

Charlie Hayes

July 21st, 2011
4:31 pm

Glad to hear that Malcolm is that far along before we begin camp. I wish Murray would have said “And Crowell has picked up 70% to 80% of the playbook as well”……Maybe Crowell is farther along that some of the ‘Insider’ reports that we have been given……

FLDawg

July 21st, 2011
4:33 pm

Playing speed will scale down with pads, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t very fast. Take two receivers with no pads and have them run routes. Then take the same two receivers and put them in pads and have them run routes. The faster of the two without pads will, more often than not, be the faster of the two with pads.

Let those who actually play and those who actually coach make the judgement call. I trust Murray and the defense’s assessment. Especially since they all played with AJ Green he was supposed to be among the fastest on the team…with or without pads.

Just something to think about. Go Dawgs!

Eassyy

July 21st, 2011
4:41 pm

Fantastic news about a great kid. Keep the news coming!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 21st, 2011
4:46 pm

Keep up the hard work. Would be great to find a incoming freshman who can play on the perimeter in a big way. These guys gotta know it is up for grabs. It shows it in his work ethic apparently.

Sean

July 21st, 2011
4:48 pm

I’m a UGA fan but some of u fans are just so annoying. Some of u just find a way to not get excited about anything, it’s quite annoying. Malcolm Mitchell is a premier player, and trying to act like a smartass and say “let’s see the speed in pads then we can get excited” go watch his high school film…there he’s in pads..Jesus Christ man

Charlie Hayes

July 21st, 2011
4:52 pm

AJ Green was not fast (4.5 @ 40), however he was very good at getting seperation with the DB in his route. Accurate and smooth route running skills were his keys to getting seperaton. Speed kills for a deep threat receiver (in post routes and go routes). If Malcolm has the kind of speed that leaves our starting corner and safety wondering what happened then this will be a special kind of talent that UGA has been missing. Dont want to draw the highlight away from Malcolm, but look at what Murray was throwing too and what he now has in the Dream Team class.

M. Brown 4.50
R. Wooten 4.50
I. Troupe 4.49
T. King 4.50

Dream Team
M. Mitchell 4.40 – 6-1 190
J. Wesley 4.41 – 6-0 202
C. Conley 4.42 – 6-2 185

UGA upgraded big time on the recieving corps in terms of speed and size. It’s gonna be fun to watch these guys GATA on Boise State! Go Dawgs!

Jeff

July 21st, 2011
4:53 pm

WOW! Thanks for alerting the rest of the SEC and Boise State……geez…I wish just one year this team could shut up and just go play ball……

Resentful Community Organizer

July 21st, 2011
4:53 pm

The guys chasing him will be in pads too.

Jerry Blooger

July 21st, 2011
4:55 pm

Sean some of that bs is not from UGA fans and you have to know that.

Charlie Hayes

July 21st, 2011
4:58 pm

Oh, sorry I forgot about Lonnie Outlaw! He is 6′7″ and will be a good jump ball target for us in the redzone…….

Joey

July 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

Outlaw playing this season?

P_The_Ricker

July 21st, 2011
5:05 pm

****Want an accurate gauge of just how good mitchell is? Saban personally recruited him harder than any other player from the state of Ga. Yes, that includes Crowell. Hate getting excited about a kid this early, but the story was already there before NSD.

P_The_Ricker

July 21st, 2011
5:06 pm

Outlaw not available until 2012

Paddy

July 21st, 2011
5:07 pm

Football Insider……the one thing you did make clear; you are no football insider!!!!

Charlie Hayes

July 21st, 2011
5:09 pm

It was a joke guys…..Outlaw doesnt fit the speed conversation we are having here.

JayD

July 21st, 2011
5:13 pm

When did 4.5 become “not fast”?

dagrapevine

July 21st, 2011
5:13 pm

i know both mitchell and rome.they are both outstanding young men in the class room as well as on the feild.i went to school with stan rome and malcolm is as dominant as stan was and that is saying something.jay will turn heads as well and he can line up outside as a wr.jay has great hands,but his upside is he is a great downfeild blocker as well as on the line.this was a huge pick up for coach richt and uga.they where both coached by i feel the best hs coach in america rance gillespie so there shouldnt be any surprise the work ethic they both have.